Racer’s thanks to air heroes

By Mel Falconer, 18 January 2013
Life savers: air crew receive the thank you card
Life savers: air crew receive the thank you card

A national superstock racer who survived a 130mph crash at Brands Hatch in 2011 has been reunited with the Kent Air Ambulance crew who saved his life...

Former privateer champion John Crockford, 41, was competing in the final race of the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 season in October 2011 when he collided with another rider on the Brabham Straight during the first lap.

He suffered 30 fractures to his leg, pelvis, back, neck, ribs and arm plus a ruptured diaphragm, but his life was saved when the Kent Air Ambulance flew John to the
Royal London.

He said: “The medical team at the circuit didn’t know the full extent of my injuries but didn’t think there was any way I could have survived.”

He was only racing that day because a friend had paid for the former Suzuki professional to relive his glory years of 2000-2005 when he regularly beat the likes of former world champion James Toseland.

John has made an amazing recovery: within six months he was back at work as a machinery technician and back on two wheels.

His son Brody presented a thank you card to the pilot Captain Kevin Goddard, Dr Steph Tilston and paramedic Dave Hawkins.

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